[LMB] Language drift on Barrayar

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Tue Aug 6 22:54:45 BST 2019



> On Aug 6, 2019, at 2:21 PM, Mieke <mvanspanje at home.nl> wrote:
> 
>>  In some places/times it was illegal to
>> wear costly clothing that was "beyond one's station".  Imagine being
>> prohibited from wearing a tuxedo or evening gown because you weren't
>> high-status enough!
>> 
> 
> 
>> That is interesting. Do you have any examples?
> I know of societys or times that it was ‘not done’. But actually prohibited...?


The reason we have the image of pirates wearing all of the colorful clothing is because they could!    They didn’t care about sumptuary laws.




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